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Treating Survivors of Childhood Abuse
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Table of Contents

1. The Trauma of Childhood Abuse: A Resource Loss Model
2. Attachment: When Protector and Perpetrator Are One
3. Development in the Context of Deprivation
4. Treatment Rationale
5. Building Emotional and Social Resources: Overview of STAIR
6. Working with Traumatic Memories: Overview of NST
7. Extending the Narrative: Transforming Shame and Loss
8. Guidelines for Implementing Treatment
9. Assessment of Client and Match for Treatment
Phase I. Skills Training in Affective and Interpersonal Regulation (STAIR): Building Resources
10. Session 1: The Resource of Hope: Introducing the Client to Treatment
11. Session 2: The Resource of Feelings: Emotional Awareness
12. Session 3: Emotion Regulation
13. Session 4: Emotionally Engaged Living
14. Session 5: The Resource of Connection: Understanding Relationship Patterns
15. Session 6: Changing Relationship Patterns
16. Session 7: Agency in Relationships
17. Session 8: Flexibility in Relationships
Phase II. Narrative Story Telling (NST): Facing the Past and Imagining a Future
18. Moving from Skills Training to Narrative Processing of Trauma: How Do You Know Your Client Is Ready?
19. Session 9: Introduction to NST
20. Session 10: Narrative of First Memory
21. Sessions 11-15: Narratives of Fear
22. Sessions 11-15: Narratives of Shame
23. Sessions 11-15: Narratives of Loss
24. The Last Session
Appendices:
A. Resources
B. Examples of Assessment Measures by Domain

About the Author

Marylene Cloitre, PhD, is the founding director of the Institute for Trauma and Stress at the New York University Child Study Center, and the Cathy and Stephen Graham Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Lisa R. Cohen, PhD, is a Research Scientist with the Social Intervention Group at the Columbia University School of Social Work. She maintains a private psychotherapy practice in New York City, specializing in the treatment of complex trauma disorders. Karestan C. Koenen, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Society, Human Development, and Health and Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. She is also an experienced clinician, specializing in empirically validated treatments for PTSD.

Reviews

'This marvelous book comprehensively summarizes the effects of childhood trauma on cognitive, interpersonal, and self-regulatory functions, and presents a lucid, phase-oriented approach to the treatment of the hundreds of thousands of adults who suffer from the long-term effects of early developmental trauma. Filled with handouts and practical, step-by-step information, this book will serve as an invaluable guide to help clinicians organize and implement outstanding evidence-based treatment for this population.' "- Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD, Division of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine" 'This book presents an innovative treatment for adult survivors that is based on the available science about traumatic abuse and its aftermath. The authors' model is a hybrid of available effective treatments, organized in a progressive and hierarchical fashion. It dramatically shortens treatment time and thus has high value for clinician and patient alike. The treatment manual is concrete, yet attuned to the special needs and issues of survivors, and treatment goals can be quantified to test for effectiveness. A major contribution to the treatment literature.'" - Christine A. Courtois, PhD, private practice, Washington, DC, USA"

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